Spyderco Chaparral Lightweight Folding Knife 2.8" CTS-XHP Satin Plain Blade, Gray FRN Handles - C152PGY


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SP152PGY: C152PGY Chaparral Lightweight

Spyderco's Chaparral project is a unique approach to the gentlemen's folding knife genre. Named after a plant native to the Western U.S. that is known for its extreme resilience, the Chaparral series uses a single design format to showcase a variety of distinctive handle materials and texture patterns.

All Chaparral models share the same core features. They are exceptionally thin to minimize their weight and make them very convenient to carry—even when wearing a suit. Their leaf-shaped PlainEdge blades are full-flat ground from American-made CTS-XHP stainless steel and handsomely satin finished for near-effortless cutting performance. The blades also include a fully accessible Trademark Round Hole for easy one or two-handed opening that, together with a sturdy lockback mechanism and reversible wire clip make all Chaparrals completely symmetrical and their operation fully ambidextrous.

Where Chaparral models show their individuality is in their handles. The first member of the family, released in 2011, featured skeletonized full stainless steel liners and subtly textured carbon fiber scales. It was followed in 2012 by the Chaparral Titanium, which boasted solid titanium scales precision machined with an intricate geometric pattern. Continuing the titanium theme were the Stepped Titanium and Blue Stepped Titanium models, released in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Both feature an incredibly detailed "stepped" pattern machined into both scales. Composed entirely of straight lines, this amazing design creates the illusion of curves and detailed geometric shapes. In the Blue Stepped version, the scales are anodized a brilliant shade of blue partway through the machining process to create a spectacular contrast of alternating blue and silver surfaces. Earlier this year, Spyderco rounded out the Chaparral family with a version featuring scales made from Raffir—a composite material made with fine layers of crinkled metal mesh encapsulated in a translucent epoxy resin.

Although Spyderco is admittedly proud of the Chaparral family and the variety and pride of ownership it offers, they still felt there was something missing—a lightweight, affordable, user-oriented expression of the Chaparral spirit optimized for everyday carry. To fill that void, they created the Chaparral Lightweight.

The Chaparral Lightweight offers the same refined design theme, functionality, and cutting performance as its brothers, but with a simple, reliable and affordable injection-molded handle. Its tough gray fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle reduces its weight to a scant 2.1 ounces—22% lighter than its titanium-handled counterparts. At the same time, its molded construction allows it to incorporate a style of Spyderco's high-traction Bi-Directional Texturing pattern. Despite its slim profile and light weight, this version of the Chaparral still offers the strength of nested, skeletonized stainless steel liners and a stainless steel backspacer. They ensure excellent structural strength and the precise alignment of all key components.

Like the other versions of the Chaparral, the Lightweight has a mid-positioned lockback mechanism that locks the blade securely open and allows for safe, easy one-handed closing. Its 50/50 index-finger choil straddles the juncture of the blade and handle to provide a solid purchase for a forward, "choked-up" grip. Despite the knife's compact size, this feature allows even larger hands a full, four fingered grip. Matching "jimping" (grooves) on the choil and thumb ramp offer additional texture for even greater control during precise cutting tasks. A reversible deep-pocket wire clip attached to the butt end of the handle supports left or right-side tip-up carry and keeps this remarkable knife discreetly poised for instant access.

The Chaparral Lightweight proudly upholds the traditional values of the Chaparral family, offering the same convenience, reliability, and high-performance as its brothers, but at a fraction of the price.
  • Blade Length: 2.8"
  • Closed Length: 3.6"
  • Overall Length: 6.4"
  • Cutting Edge: 2.35"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.077"
  • Blade Material: CTS-XHP
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: Gray FRN
  • Locking Mechanism: Lockback
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C152PGY
  • Model Name: Chaparral Lightweight
  • Weight: 2.0 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan
The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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4 out of 5
Washington, DC
Jan 07, 2019
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Weight, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use
Excellent EDC if you can handle the detent
After reading so many positive reviews, I decided to pick up one those knives, and am glad I did. Fit, finish and overall quality is what I expect from the Taichung factory - all superb. The little details say a lot: the part of the tang that engages the spring is polished, to make the action smoother. Let's get the one negative out of the way: the lock-back spring/detent is strong, and when combined with the thin blade (thinner than the DF2), closing the knife is less comfortable than ideal. I can open and close the knife with one hand, as the blade will drop with a small shake if the lock if fully dis-engaged, but if I had to open and close a knife 60 times in a row, this wouldn't be my first choice. Pluses are the slimness of the knife and blade (with a nice steel), and it rides deeper in a pocket than the DF2 because it does not have a lanyard hole and the clip is closer to the end. Compared to the DF2, you can get a good grip without using the choil, on top of the slightly longer blade.
4 out of 5
Aug 30, 2018
Pros: Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Nice but lock is stiff.
The fit and finish are great. It is a very small and light knife. The biggest problem is that the back lock is extremely stiff. My wife actually could not operate the lock. My hands are pretty strong but it still takes considerable effort to close the knife. The texture on the scales is also rather rough. The knife is nice for smaller cutting tasks but it is not the kind of knife that you are going to want to be opening and closing all the time. I think it will be a great option for a light, easy to carry knife for occasional use.
5 out of 5
Apr 24, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Incredible little knife!
After having mine for a couple days and using it at work for simple tasks of opening packages, cutting some cardboard and cutting up a chicken breast for lunch (INCREDIBLE SLICER)...this thing is awesome! Showed up in a tiny Spyderco box and I was immediately thinking, this thing is going to be tiny. Already had my Sage 5 on me today and in comparison the Sage 5 looked like a beast compared to the Chap. But after getting it in hand, the Chap feels amazing. Unique frn pattern in quite grippy. I wear a Medium-Large size glove depending on the mfg and when I choked up using the finger choil, there was still room to spare on the handle behind my pinky. Finger choil is great, the backlock isn't nearly as stiff or hurt the thumb like I've seen people complain about in reviews (Mike). It is so slim and literally disappears in your pocket. No problem carrying anything else in the same pocket, my phone which is in an otterbox doesn't get hung up on it at all. Thus far, I am extremely impressed with this little knife. It's not as fun to play with as the compression lock on the Sage 5, though it's to close with just one hand. Depress the back lock, give it a small shake and the blade falls. I honestly think that this Chap may become more of an edc for me than my Sage 5, when it comes to being at work.
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